Erik Hagen Studios
1502 Sawyer, studio #308 (Map)
The Silos at Sawyer Yards

My studio is located in Sawyer Yards in Houston’s historic First Ward as part of the Washington Avenue Arts District. With over 350 artists in residence, this area houses one of the largest concentration of working artists in the nation.

Upcoming events

Second Saturdays, 12-5 p.m.
On the second Saturday of each month, the artists of Sawyer Yards open their studios to the public from 12-5pm. You can spend the afternoon wandering through six repurposed warehouses and discover an extensive selection of painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clothing, textiles, printmaking, and mixed media. It’s a laid back way to meet the artists and explore the arts. The event is free, no RSVP required, and free parking. I’ll be in my studio in Silos, 308.

Fall Biannual
October 6, 2018, 4-9 p.m.  This is our biggest event of the year. I’ll be in my studio in Silos, 308. Stop by for a chat.

Listening to the Anthropocene
I will be part of a multi-artist exhibition that will be located in the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. It will be up February 2 – March 3, 2019, and it will coincide with the annual Brown Symposium at the university, which, addresses the topic of the anthropocene.

The Way of Dust
A joint exhibition with fellow Silos artist Ellen Ray in The Silos, Bay 200 in Houston, TX. The exhibition will be October 5th, 2019 to January 4th, 2020.

Recent Past events

Rice University Solar Studios
The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute
Opening Reception Friday March 23, 2018 6 – 10 pm

Solar Studios at Rice University is a hub for creative thinking about living systems, addressing art, energy and the environment. Join us for performance, sculpture and installation with artists Daniela Antelo, Bradly Brown, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Tony Day, Lina Dib, Trey Duvall and Erik Hagen. Opening reception Friday March 23rd 6pm-10pm, featuring a performance by Daniela Antelo and five others at 7pm.

We are contained in what appears to be something disastrous. We’ve tried to come up with a cure or a means of escape. We are mesmerized. We can’t stop looking and pointing. This feels epic and somehow grandiose. Like the view from a mountaintop. But we aren’t on top of any mountain. We are in the gutters, looking at the stars as they say. Join us as we bemoan our pointing and celebrate the sublime natures of which we are part. March 23rd – April 23th, 2018 7 days a week. Sponsored by Rice University’s Strategic Initiatives and the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to Colin Hendee, Taylor Knapps, Rob Purvis, Tish Stringer and METALabs. The Solar Studios are located at Rice University on College Way Loop and Allumni Dr. between Herring Hall and Hanzen College.

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National Sculpture Month, Houston
October 2017 through October 2018

A giant rectangular block of ice melted to reveal a map of Galveston, illustrating sea level rise in the year 2517 as informed by science. The map is in a shallow basin, now filled with meltwater. The sculpture is on site at Art Alley for the year, lit by LED lights, and solar powered. Art Alley is behind the Silos at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St. ).

The project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.